WDW Commando Club

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Community' started by Disney Commando, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. Disney Commando

    Disney Commando <font color=red>DDC<br><font color=purple>Disney F

    Nov 15, 2009
    Welcome All Commando's to The Commando Planning & Strategies Club - To Infinity And Beyond!

    This originally started out as a thread looking for other Commando's, I was overwelmed to find out how many of us are out there, Figured a club was in order!

    I'm sure most of us on other threads at sometime felt like outcasts for planning a full agenda & have been critized negatively, That is not the case here! Fellow Commando's can help each other to fulfill their plans, instead of putting what you would like to do down!

    If you are mild or extreme, or even a beginner, This is a place where you can kick off your boots and relax while planning your trip, share Commando adventures & strategies, but most of all have some fun doing what you enjoy!

    Commando Member Role Call:

    1- Disney Commando
    2- JPGonzales
    3- areck
    4- jason 10mm
    5- bcinohio
    6- shmily1
    7- Sassagoula Billy
    8- JenNel85
    9- dudrlydude
    10- Planogirl
    11- WishAndDream
    12- jannylynn
    13- starwarsdisney
    14- tarheel rirl
    15- jake&samsmom
    16- MYD714
    17- CR Resort Fan 4 Life
    18- ntsammy5
    19- 3smithboys
    20- serene56
    21- mortimor
    22- Karpkg
    23- coreymd
    24- Torgue
    25- topmonkeygirl
    26- sewingmolly
    27- bluejasmine
    28- onnawufei
    29- Dayton Flyer
    30- Figment1990
    31- blondietink
    32- tweedlemom
    34- dizcrazel
    35- Fastcars
    36- Rekenna
    37- disEAR
    38- Noel22
    39- disneyjunkie
    40- Donalyn
    41- Sagginit
    42- TinkerBellSam
    43- Katybug34
    44- phnguyk
    45- missesdisney
    46- always
    47- scottishduffy
    48- islandbabe
    49- mnlibzi
    50- tink86
    51- AJRitz
    52- dvczerfs
    53- perfectparanoia
    54- Lorilais mommie
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    56- stitchywoman
    57- Kitikat
    58- AlexWyattMommy
    59- Plucker001
    60- mjp12831
    61- afwdwfan
    62- princessmom29
    63- Sweety tweety
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    68- DoleWhip DVC
    69- Minnie Mi
    70- scrappinmom
    71- icesk8abc
    72- mindync
    73- Motomom06
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    75- jmm476
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    77- lynn s
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    128- sfarmbo
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    158- shewill
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    169- MK2010
    170- mamaprincess
    171- theduck619
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    173- Belle-To-Be
    174- MotherofLandon
    175- tpettie
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    178- danielephant
    179- jedi jen
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    186- phillyteamhater
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    188- KJay
    189- bigdaddy511
    190- Pmctn
    191- mieshie75
    192- kolby
    193- CarrieR
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    195- dorchrislen
    196- Therinian
    197 - Rachandgarry
    198- disneyshakeygirl
    199- MaMudduck
    200- Cinderella's slipper
    201- huey578
    202- DisneyFamilyMomof5 - aka - civilian seal team 6
    203- qv09vvp
    204- Cinderella16
    205- Twin Dad
    206- DisneyPolve
    207- RelucantDisaholic
    208- QueenBeeMB
    209- JoJo1980
    210- tinkerbella16
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    214- baldy6060
    215- redoschi
    216- Xclusive2WDW
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    219 rescuetink
    220 - Tunasled
    221- dr&momto2boys
    222- brettew23
    223- Tinkerkell123
    224- songbird123
    225- Cdn Gal
    226- jbkmac
    227- gojoe
    228- NuJoy
    229- brerdawg
    230- paysensmom
    231- DisneyFamily7
    232- ShannaBanana
    233- agavegirl1
    234- kmedina
    235- scrapgal123
    236- happy2go2wdwmom
    237- WDW in Pearls
    238- WDW Fan since 1975
    239- 4under4
    240- stormyR
    241- spiritsim
    242- bell.of.the.ball
    243- Mnementh
    244- HollowGrl
    245- rnmomuch
    246- MinnieMouseMom01
    247- compshu
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    249- Elevationist
    250- fuzzylogiclic
    251- disfanforlife
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    253- seus-mouse
    254- kharrison705
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    273- EvilQueenLiz
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    Commando Laws
    - Sometimes 5 minutes of planning can make the difference
    - Commando planning is not limited to WDW, Commando planning is a way of life! ( MaMudduck)
  2. JPGonzales

    JPGonzales Mouseketeer

    Aug 12, 2008
    Sadly, I am the commando of the group. As soon as the reservations are made I make a "down-to-the-minute" agenda for each day, including meals.

    Usually, I have to become a little flexible cause the DH and youngest DD start pooting out before lunch. Then I feed them ice cream and we are off again.

    What are you strategies? Can't wait to learn some new tricks.
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  4. areck

    areck Earning My Ears

    Aug 27, 2004
    My husband is a committed commando. However, he doesn't plan one minute of our trips. All the best laid plans go out the window once he sets foot in a park. With no regard for what anyone else in the party wants, he's on to the next adventure:scared1:. Quickly. No time to waste. When someone has the audacity to go against his wishes, he pouts and becomes irritated. This is when we get to see who is "heir apparent":rolleyes1. I tend to go back to the hotel and prefer pool time. My youngest son (13) is of the same mindset as my husband. I wish them the best. We'll regroup for dinner.
    Our last trip had to be the best (as far as plans were concerned). The two of them commandoed to their heart's content. We crisscrossed each morning in the parks. I was happy to take lots of pictures and check out the overlooked attractions. They were in thrill ride heaven. Nobody had to wait for anyone! The afternoons were spent by the pool with a book and a cocktail for me. Evenings included night time entertainment enjoyed together. Perfect day!
  5. jason10mm

    jason10mm Mouseketeer

    Apr 19, 2006
    Trying to NOT commando our next trip. Only 2 days allotted to WDW, but with park hoppers it COULD be done.......

    ...must resist!
  6. bcinohio

    bcinohio DIS Veteran

    Aug 7, 2000
    We leave in 2 days for WDW and I'm the planner. We always go in the summer and never wait very long for anything. You have to have a plan. My cousin is going to be touring with us for the first time and he told me he has his running shoes all ready to keep up with me. I laughed.:rotfl: We don't run. My plan is always get the big stuff done early, always have a FP, and then do your shopping and site seeing later in the day when the crowds pick up. You can get a lot done in the first few hours.

    We can not wait. No one has been sleeping very well the last few nights because we are to excited.:woohoo:
  7. Shmily1

    Shmily1 DIS Veteran

    Oct 23, 2007
    I've been trying to not go commando every trip since 1973.... I've only done it a couple times. Not that I plan every single minute because I don't but because I want to get up early and go to bed late so I don't miss one single minute of fun! We've been so many times and done so much and I still find myself running from place to place so I don't miss anything!! My kids have been so many times they give directions to their friends on the cell phones when they are down there.
  8. Sassagoula Billy

    Sassagoula Billy DIS Veteran

    Jun 30, 2010
    Since my last visit was the SO's first trip to WDW, I went commando-style like never before. I regret it slightly, but would have regretted it more had we not covered everything I would have liked to do. Also, the calendar is a factor, and since this was mid-June, I planned for the worst.

    I planned every meal and attraction down to the minute. And yeah, it exhausted me, but again... no regrets for this time of year - and this particular trip for a newbie visitor to the World.
  9. JenNel85

    JenNel85 Mouseketeer

    Jun 17, 2010
    This is SO me. I'm a control freak, uber-organized planner, and the definition of a Type A personality...and a HUGE Disney fan since childhood. I'm headed back to Disney World for the first time in nearly 10 (!) years this August, and needless to say, my travel companions all know what that means! :goodvibes

    I've read several guidebooks (including the Unofficial Guide) cover-to-cover, made ADRs months in advance, printed character maps and event schedules, and pretty much have every moment of our 12-day vacation in WDW, Universal, Sea World, Discovery Cove, and Busch Gardens mapped out.

    I'm traveling with my boyfriend and my sister, all in our early to mid-20s. We're theme park aficionados who NEVER take a mid-day break, but we're going to be there for rope drop (of course) and, with any luck, tackle the major attractions early in the morning so we can slow down and enjoy lots of indoor shows and air-conditioned rides during the hottest part of the day. I've scheduled one table service meal per day, and we're going to bring our own sandwiches, snacks, and water bottles to enjoy lunch and other breaks cheaply and expeditiously.

    I. CANNOT. WAIT. :cool1:
  10. Dexican

    Dexican Mouseketeer

    May 22, 2010
    Count me in I always walk around the park without undergarments.
  11. Sassagoula Billy

    Sassagoula Billy DIS Veteran

    Jun 30, 2010
    :happytv: :worship:

    I was this close to saying it. Darnit!
  12. dudelydude

    dudelydude DIS Veteran

    Jul 7, 2008
    I agree, but the strategy sharing hasn't really taken off yet. I'll start....#1 rule of going commando is.....what? Well I was gonna say arriving at the parks 1 hour early to ensure that you really are "at" the rope drop and starting your day off right....BUT....if we are starting chronologically, are we starting with packing our park bag the evening before and what to pack???? What's a good starting point?
  13. Planogirl

    Planogirl I feel the nerd in me stirring

    Aug 11, 2000
    We are commando first thing in the morning and then usually until lunch time when we switch to a more relaxed pace. I guess that we're part-time commandos.

    As for packing a park bag, I solve that by not bringing one. Light wallet goes in one pocket and cell phone & tiny bottle of sunscreen goes in the other. I try to wear cargo shorts so I can carry what I want without a bag. We breeze right by the bag check area.
  14. areck

    areck Earning My Ears

    Aug 27, 2004
    Make sure your party is completely clear on what time you are leaving the room. Your bottom line is arriving before rope drop. Whatever means of transportation gets you there will decide when to depart the room. If someone is delayed, meet them in the park. Do not wait! :cool1: That much is in your control.
  15. WishAndDream

    WishAndDream Earning My Ears

    Mar 4, 2010
    Good to see there are so many other commandos out there! :rotfl:

    We don't plan every minute of our trip in advance.... but only because we're so used to our strategy that we don't have to actually discuss the plan - everyone just KNOWS. :thumbsup2 It goes without saying that we will be at rope drop, and there's no debate about what any of our first 3-5 rides will be, lol. We follow the Unofficial Guide strategies in general and it has always served us well. We do generally take a break in the afternoons but my next trip is going to be just my sister and me, and - as the two "real" commandos of the group - we have decided to eliminate the breaks and just go full throttle all day, haha. It's more intense to go commando-style and I can understand why a lot of people, especially those who can visit WDW frequently, prefer to go slower and take it all in, but we don't visit anywhere near as much as we would like so we prefer to see and do as much as possible each trip. Going commando-style allows us to do so.

    I guess my biggest strategy tip I have to share is to be willing to abandon/change the plan if the situation demands it. It's all well and good to have a detailed plan, but if your strategy isn't working out - people are becoming worn out in the heat, DHS is inexplicably more crowded than anticipated, or there is a sudden monsoon - stop for a dole whip/frozen mickey-popsicle-thing, hop over to EPCOT, or for goodness' sake, brave the rain and ride those major attractions while the the less intense visitors take shelter in the gift shops :cool2:. Don't be afraid to improvise. From reading this thread, a lot of you commandos seem to put a lot of time into planning, and that's great; but improvising - when called for - works out great for us.
  16. jannylynn

    jannylynn Mouseketeer

    Jun 30, 2010
    I'm sitting here putting all of our ressies, shows, park hours, etc. into Outlook so that I can sync it to my phone. And I'm inviting DH so that it will be on his phone too. I guess I'm not totally comando because I'm not sure we will make it to all rope-drops. We'll stay at the parks as late as they will allow though!
  17. starwarsdisney

    starwarsdisney Is it time to go back to Disney World yet?

    Feb 4, 2008
    I guess my wife and I would fall into the commando style (me more than her). We actually make a binder with every day planned out. While we don't plan it to the minute we know where we want to be and what we want to do on each day. We list which parks have EMH, the regular hours of the parks the show times, ADRs etc. Then we just take the page of that day with us. I've told my wife we should make this binder a business somehow, that's how much detail and planning goes into it.

    I usually make all of the ADRs and then try to tweak them to fit our schedule if need be. We always try to plan pool time in the afternoon. Except for one day (which is usually DTD day) we are at the parks for rope drop. We have found that we usually get to hit the major stuff by 11 then eat lunch and head back to the resort for some pool time. We then return to the parks in the late afternoon for dinner and more fun!
  18. Disney Commando

    Disney Commando <font color=red>DDC<br><font color=purple>Disney F

    Nov 15, 2009
    Glad to see the thread geting off to a good start:goodvibes Welcome All:woohoo:

    I usally plan my day 7am - Midnite:scared1:, I have my list of things to get done for the day (the only things I list as a time is ADR's, Parades, Shows etc) I've found out this works well and you don't feel rushed:confused3

    For my dinner ADR, I usally make for a out of park resturant, this way after dinner it's off to a different park (usally the one with the EMH for the night), then depending on what time it closes off to DTD or the Boardwalk.

    For my DW & DS I have a child finder tag on them, so if I go to get a FP or get separated I can locate them quickly, I hate wasting time looking for somone.

    The last few years I've been going in the Fall so the heat and rain have not been a big factor and stay in the parks the whole time, but If you are going in July or August, the heat can wear you down quick, I would say if you are staying on site take advantage of the EMH's in the a.m. go back to the resort sometime during the day,hit the pool,take a nap go to dinner and hit the park that has the evening EMH's (this time of year some are open really late:thumbsup2) IMO the a.m, and night time are the best times to get alot done.
  19. tarheel_girl

    tarheel_girl Mouseketeer

    Apr 1, 2005
    Count me in! I went down to Disney for a week in January complete with a color coded spreadsheet with ADRs, EMH, parades etc on it. I love EXCEL!:goodvibes We go for ONE day in the summer. We drive over from our beach vacation for one day and hit MK and now that my DD is a little older, only 3 but OCD like her mommy, we hop to EPCOT as well. My tip is that you can do commando with toddlers. My daughter sleeps in her stroller or during HoP, Carousel of Progress, TTA on my shoulders. We do not take midday breaks even with a little one. Last summer she woke up at 3:30am (too excited to sleep) and except for two 30 minute naps was awake until 10:30pm! :scared1: I kept waiting for a fit due to exhaustion, but she just kept saying "What's next?" She knew her mommy had a plan!

    On a completely different note, I was at AAA today. Someone came in to book a vacation with Disney for this August 16th! I know that all reading this thread feel just like I do.:eek:
  20. JPGonzales

    JPGonzales Mouseketeer

    Aug 12, 2008
    Our last trip was 10 days in the park.

    I arranged our days around EMH. ADR are with the resteraunts in either that park or within a quick monorail ride to. From there I plan our day with the time shows in mind. Give each ride or show a half hour increment. We never step on a ride that is either more then 20 minutes or we haven't FPed. We've send DH off running for a FP while we are in line for food. I use the menu guides to plan which direction of the park we are going to work on. So, if I know we like a particular CS we work on rides/shows that direction. As soon as we are off schedule due to an extra wait, we quickly pass up a few of our planned rides and get back on schedule. It sounds rough, but for the most part it has really helped with each person seeing thier favorite characters or shows with rides in between. Each trip we found that we missed a couple of our planned activities, but then that gives us something to look forward to.

    My biggest suggestion is Steve Soares Entertainment Guide. About a week before our trip, I update all the times of our favorite shows. I have found there is so much more shows/character meets on his site, vs the entertainment guide they hand out.
  21. jake&samsmom

    jake&samsmom Jordan's Mom too!

    Jul 5, 2007
    Commando is the only way to go for us!!! :thumbsup2

    Rope drop to gate closing -- that's where you'll find my crew.

    I laugh in the faces of those who say commando touring is wrong, that you don't have fun this way, etc.... uhm, not for us! ;) We love riding as many rides as we can and watching all the shows, parades and fireworks. We can rest/sleep at home for free, so why would we do that in Disney for $$$$? :rotfl: The day just doesn't feel complete if we don't ride everything in our checklist -- and believe me, we do ride/see them all. Twice or thrice even. ;)

    We don't push, shove nor run over anyone, so if this is the way we enjoy our trip so be it. Someone made a snooty comment to me on these boards saying that they get to go every year and so they don't feel the need to go commando. Well guess what, we average 2 trips a year as DVC members and we still go commando! :cool1:

    Here’s a sample of what we actually achieved one day at DHS:
    Wake up at 630 am
    Bus to DHS by 715 am
    Enter DHS at 750 am for early breakfast at H&V
    Take pics in an empty DHS on Hollywood Blvd.
    Eat at H&V from 8am to 9am
    Take pics with Stitch by Hat
    Run to TSM; Dad and boys wait by standby line, Mom get FP's for TSM
    Ride TSM
    Ride RnRC
    Ride TOT
    See HSM2 parade/show
    Use FP's for TSM; Get FP's for TSM again
    Get autograph/photo with Green Army Man
    See Backlot Tour
    Pictures with Mike and Sulley
    Pictures with Dino Power Ranger
    Picture with Ron Stoppable
    See Muppets 3D
    Eat lunch at Backlot Express while watching Jedi Training
    Get parade spot in front of giant Emmy Statue
    See Block Party Bash Parade
    See Indiana Jones Stunt Show
    Use FP for TSM ride again
    Photos with Mater and Lightning McQueen
    See Lights Motors Action Show
    Ride Star Tours
    Ride TSM via standby line again (4th time)
    Ride RnRC via standby line again (2nd time)
    Buy Dinner at Catalina Eddies
    Line up and enter Fantasmic theater
    Eat dinner while waiting for Fantasmic to start
    See Fantasmic
    Take bus back to resort (around 1030pm-ish)
    Swim at resort pool
    Bed by 1 am-ish

    Go Commandos!!!! :dance3:

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